Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
If you ride a motorcycle, you know that along with that exciting feeling comes an inherent risk. Motorcyclists encounter a number of hazards on the roadway, including motorist negligence or error; weather conditions; poor road conditions; vehicle malfunction; debris on the roadway; and other factors that can cause or contribute to a devastating accident. Injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents can be extremely severe and life changing. Motorcyclists may suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and internal injuries.
Anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle crash as the result of a negligent driver would be well advised to seek the counsel and guidance of an experienced Austin motorcycle accident lawyer who will help them understand their legal rights and options. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, Ray King will fight to help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses. Call us today at (512) 375-4455 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.
There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents occur. Understanding why motorcycle accidents take place not only helps us prevent them, but also helps prove fault and liability once a crash has occurred. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include the below:
- Driver negligence: The reckless actions of negligent or inattentive motorists often compromise the safety of motorcyclists. Examples of negligent driving include driving under the influence, distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding, failing to yield the right-of-way, and disobeying traffic control devices.
- Dangerous roadways conditions: Since motorcycles offer very little protection to riders and passengers, dangerous or defective roadways can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Slippery roadways, uneven pavement, potholes, poor lighting, and inclement weather can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of the vehicle.
- Defective motorcycles: Like cars or trucks, motorcycles must be designed and manufactured properly in order to be safe for consumers. When motorcycle products such as handlebars, wheels, and tires are defective, a motorcyclist may lose control and crash, causing serious injuries or even fatalities. In such cases, the motorcycle manufacturer or the maker of the defective product can be held liable for the victim's injuries and damages.
Motorcycle accident victims face significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. When a motorcycle accident is caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, the injured victim can seek compensation for injuries, damages, and losses sustained. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses; lost earnings; continuing treatment; rehabilitation; pain and suffering; and emotional distress.
The knowledgeable Austin motorcycle accident attorneys at the King Law Firm are dedicated to protecting our clients' legal rights after a motorcycle accident. A member of the Texas State Bar and The Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association, Ray King has more than 20 years of experience handling cases similar to yours. Our firm's track record of success is evident from the numerous verdicts and settlements our attorneys have obtained over the years. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact us to discuss your potential claim. We always provide free, comprehensive, and confidential consultations.